Friday, August 11, 2006

Content, yet disappointed.

A few months ago I was asked to do a spot illustration for a magazine on spec (meaning, do it for us now, if we like it, we might pay you for it) - not anything I would recommend as a practice. But, it just so happens that this time it worked well. I had the illustration below published in their August issue, will have another in their September issue, and am working on one for October too, which is great!



BUT when I received my complimentary issue in the mail and ripped open the envelope, flipped eagerly through all the pages to find my treasured-first-illo-published-in-a-magazine, what did I find? ...This:



BLACK AND WHITE? If you wanted a B&W drawing I would have done a B&W drawing! Drats. So. Content, yet slightly disappointed, as you might imagine. About half the illos were in colour, and half in B&W, so perhaps it was just luck of the draw. It was good to look through all the other illos though and see I am in good company - and always inspiring to see other people's styles and how they interpret a story. I soon got over my initial shock and was just happy to see my work in print, and I'll just keep my fingers crossed for the next two...

5 comments:

irisz said...

i understand that you're disappointed, but it looks great in blackandwhite :)) i hope the next ones will come out coloured...

ValGalArt said...

The up side is now you have this original in colour and that is nice for you! Congratulations you did a great job and it's so thrilling that you got this gig!!!

futuregirl said...

Oh ... I sympathize. It's a great illo. Thank goodness it still looks wonderful in B&W.

Kathy Weller said...

HEY...Congratulations! You know it's possible you might not have gotten such a rich gradation in black and white if you had done the original in B & W. Just looking on the sunny side. But the sunny side is CONGRATS!!!!!!! You are published and ther is MORE on the way too!! Great!!

Pickledog said...

Congratulations on the publishing of your illustration! Still looks super in B&W : )
Thanks for sharing the color version too